Underdogs Scotland face ‘mighty’ England

first_imgLONDON, England (AP):The latest instalment of international football’s oldest rivalry is a jarring reminder for Scotland of just how far the team has fallen and keeps on plummeting.The balance of power has firmly been in England’s favour for decades.And yet thousands of Scotland fans will still travel south to London for today’s World Cup qualifier while fatalistic about their team’s chances.”I feel sorry for the younger fans because the future looks bleak,” said Hamish Husband, a 58-year-old member of a group of Scottish supporters. “The reasons are self-inflicted. Not unlike England, we have this belief that because we invented football, then somehow we had a right to success.”We have just been left behind. Modern football has changed, and Scottish football has not changed with it.”The rivalry that began in 1872 is being renewed at Wembley Stadium for the 113th time. It was forged on fading memories of fiercely competitive tussles on the field and fiery exchanges that often turned violent around the stadium. There were times when both England and Scotland contested major tournament finals and both teams could deploy gifted players.England constantly agonise over their limited international success, with the 1966 World Cup being their only title and no final appearance since then. But England are reaching tournaments with rare slip-ups unlike Scotland, who last qualified for the World Cup in 1998.QUALIFICATION PLACEWhen the newly expanded 24-team European Championship took place in France this year, all the British teams participated apart from Scotland.”We look at countries like Iceland, who are showing what can be achieved with limited population and limited resources,” SFA chief executive Stewart Regan told the Associated Press.Thousands of members of the Tartan Army heading to Wembley will do so knowing there is little point booking trips to Russia for the 2018 World Cup. The Scots are only in fourth place in their qualifying group.After three matches in Group F, England are already out in front in the only automatic qualification place.In the FIFA rankings, Scotland are 57th, sandwiched between Macedonia and Mali, while England are 12th.”We are horrific in Scotland at the moment,” Scotland coach Gordon Strachan said. “We are in the worst state we’ve ever been. I am not talking about the Scotland national team, but the standard of kids coming through.”Only six members of the 25-man squad for the England game play in the cash-rich English Premier League. Another nine from are lower-league clubs in England. Just four are from Scottish champions Celtic. The standout name is winger Oliver Burke, who joined Bundesliga club Leipzig in August to develop his game.last_img read more


Panelist choice raises concern

first_img“If I were Mitchell, I would say, `Thank you Stephen for moving back to Monterey Park. I know San Marino is a lot prettier than Monterey Park, and you’ve agreed to come back and serve us,”‘ Lam said. Deputy City Attorney Adrian Guerra said city code requires a planning commissioner to reside in the city but does not list a minimum length of time for residency or require that a person must be a homeowner. Ing said that while Lam’s move is legal, it “raises eyebrows.” “How can someone who just moved in the city be on one of the most influential commissions?” Ing asked. Lam, however, said Ing is ignoring his ties to the city. A San Marino resident up until recently, Lam has owned the clothing store Koco Collection on Garfield Avenue in Monterey Park for 17 years. Lam has also been a member of the city’s Chamber of Commerce, Lion’s Club, and previously lived in the city for seven years. MONTEREY PARK – Two councilmen have asked why a man who had lived in the city only eight days was handed a plum commission assignment. Last week, Stephen Lam became the fifth member of the city’s Planning Commission, after being nominated by Councilman Anthony Wong. Lam moved here from San Marino just eight days prior. Councilmen Mitchell Ing and Benjamin “Frank” Venti, both of whom abstained from the vote, said there are unanswered questions about Lam’s recent move to the city. Lam is renting a condominium in Monterey Park. His family continues to reside in San Marino. Lam will also retain his position as chairman of the Business Improvement District Advisory Committee, which he was appointed to by Assemblyman Mike Eng when Eng served on the council. jennifer.mclain@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img